February 19, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA; Chicago White Sox pitcher Erik Johnson (70) poses for a picture during photo day at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Erik Johnson, Welcome To Thunderdome - Game Preview And Lineups 9/4

So far in New York we’ve seen the blowout loss and the game in hand but find a way to lose anyway loss. Seems like the atmosphere is primed for an extra inning heartbreaker to complete the WTF road trip trifecta. The White Sox will have to overcome a lopsided pitching matchup to push this one past the allotted 9. Facing off against CC Sabathia is Erik Johnson, who is making his MLB debut.

Johnson posted a 1.96 ERA between Birmingham and Charlotte this season. Once he received his promotion to AAA Charlotte he never gave up more than 2 runs, allowing 0 runs three separate times in ten starts. Regardless of the outcome as he debuts at his new level, his appearance is a good sign for the White Sox and the direction they’re moving.

CC Sabathia is mired in what is easily the worst season of his career. His last start saw him allow 5 earned runs, putting him square on 100 for the year, the most he’s yielded since 2002. Should he allow just two more to pass tonight, he’ll exceed his career high and in much fewer innings, assuming he doesn’t pitch about 30 tonight.

Today’s Lineup:

1. De Aza – RF
2. Beckham – 2B
3. Ramirez – SS
4. Konerko – DH
5. Avisail Garcia – RF
6. Keppinger – 1B
7. Viciedo – LF
8. Phegley – C
9. Marcus Semien – 3B

It didn’t take long after Semien’s call up to get a shot not only to appear, but to start. He’s 22, he OPS’d over .900 at Birmingham this year, which earned him a little over a month’s worth of games in Charlotte, where he didn’t exactly embarrass himself, posting a .264/.338/.464 line. He played some third in the minors, as he will tonight, but the majority of his reps have been at SS. Lot of excitement for the future in this contest.

New York Yankees Lineup:

1. Brett Gardner – CF
2. Derek Jeter – SS
3. Robinson Cano – 2B
4. Alfonso Soriano – DH
5. Curtis Granderson – LF
6. Alex Rodriguez – 3B
7. Ichiro Suzuki – RF
8. Lyle Overbay – 1B
9. Austin Romine – C

Where to Watch
Today’s game will be broadcast on Comcast Sports Net and YES. 6:05 Central start time.

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